After CAL client C.M. argued to the Appellate Term, First Department, that the plea court never advised her of the rights she would be relinquishing by pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief, the court reversed her conviction on September 14, 2018. Ms. M had been accused of scrawling a phrase in Sharpie on a traffic barricade, and the court agreed that no penological purpose would be served by remanding the case for a new trial. Instead, it dismissed the accusatory instrument, which charged criminal mischief and making graffiti, in full. Kate Skolnick represented C.M.
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Criminal Mischief and Graffiti Charges Dismissed in Full